What Privacy Rights Do You Have At The Library?

Take a moment to think about the last time you visited the library. Did you visit to check out a book? Or to use the Internet?

It’s becoming more common to the visit for the latter — a 2009 study found that almost half of those living below the poverty line access the web via their local public library.

But, in the age of data collection by both federal agencies and private companies, some librarians say it’s increasingly difficult to maintain patron privacy and intellectual freedom.

From What Privacy Rights Do You Have At The Library? | Radio Boston


LISTen: An Program -- Episode #226

This week's program episode falls on Christmas Eve. Except for the installment of Profile America for 24 December 2012, no formal content is presented. An episode of "GI Jive" is liberated from the virtual vaults of for presentation as well as anthems of the various armed services. This constitutes the final regular episode of 2012.

NEXT WEEK the production team is taking part in the "Joint New Year's Eve Special" that will be airing on WBCQ The Planet at 7 PM Eastern/Midnight UTC with special guests such as the team behind the Ubuntu UK Podcast. The show will be a bit of a variety of content that will include Linux, dramatic readings, music, and a little library & information science. The radio broadcast will be released on the podcast feed after it concludes airing on WBCQ. As the broadcast is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License you are encouraged to record it off-air and re-distribute it online and on physical media. The producer at Erie Looking Productions, Gloria D. Kellat, is coordinating the air talent for this show.

Download here (MP3) (Ogg Vorbis), or subscribe to the podcast (MP3) to have episodes delivered to your media player. We suggest subscribing by way of a service like Especially in light of unanticipated equipment destruction at our principal operations site this past week, gifts of replacement equipment identified here can be purchaed via Amazon and shipped to the crew for use.

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A Raw Track Until Monday

Programming will resume from Erie Looking Productions on March 19th barring any unforeseen disruptions. In the mean time, here is a raw track where engineer Mike Kellat performs What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor. MP3 direct download HERE

LISTen #188 Delayed

Due to intense file manipulation operations after a near-hit systems crash, programming will be released later in the day on or near 2300 UTC on Monday, February 27, 2012. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Where the Young and Tech-Savvy Go

From the WSJ Digits blog

What can Foursquare tell us about how people live?

The location-based social network, which lets people “check in” to places using their mobile phones, has about 8 million users and is used more than 1.5 million times a day world-wide.

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Selling Books by Day, Writing Them by Night

Essay in the NYT

Like all good independent bookstores, BookCourt in Brooklyn has a robust section of staff recommendations. There, nestled in with titles by Jennifer Egan, Haruki Murakami and David Foster Wallace, is “Other People We Married,” a collection of short stories by Emma Straub. A handwritten note taped to the wall below reads: “I wrote this book. Please buy it. I love you.”

Full essay here.

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OMG, the Oxford English Dictionary Added New Words! We ‘Heart’ It! LOL!

by Brenna Erlich on Mashable

"Before you take to the comments to ream us out about the above headline: “OMG,” “LOL” and the symbol for “heart” have all been added to the Oxford English Dictionary Online.

According to the OED‘s site, the newest edition of the dictionary (which comes out online today) revises more than 1,900 entries and includes a ton of new words — including the neologisms above....." Read the rest here

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Calling all cat ladies (or men)

Not really library-related but in my experience, librarians tend to be cat lovers (don't flame me....I know not everyone loves cats -- I'm speaking generally and from _my_ experience.)

Here's a chance to turn your cat loving tendencies into a travel career that might pay more than your library job...(at least for a while) courtesy of Purina. Read all about it here.

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Speck by Speck, Dust Piles Up

Article about dust. Man with a 31,000 volume library is mentioned. Full article:
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